Congressional Newsletters

RAND Congressional newsletters and alerts highlight our research on the most relevant issues in the public policy debate. See the most recent issues below.

  • The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey transits the Pacific Ocean while participating in Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC)
    China

    Competing with China in the Indo-Pacific

    Dec 10, 2020

    In long-term strategic competition with China, how effectively the United States works with allies and partners is critical to U.S. success. To enable closer cooperation, the United States needs to understand how those countries respond to this contest.

  • The USS Carney, a missile-guided destroyer, approaches the Bosphorus Strait on its journey to transit out of the Black Sea, photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/U.S. Navy

    Russia, NATO, and Black Sea Security

    Nov 24, 2020

    The Black Sea region is a central locus of competition between Russia and the West for the future of Europe. Russia has long used political, military, economic, informational, and clandestine tools against countries in the area. How could the West respond?

  • Patricia Marshall, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center chief of strategy, shares information about the Defense Innovation Dashboard project with Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass at the AFWERX Austin hub, Aug. 20, 2020. During the visit, the AFWERX team showcased various initiatives aimed toward modernizing the Air Force including the AFVentures Fellowship, Agility Prime program, AFWERX internships, Spark Colliders and RAPIDx, photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter/Air National Guard
    Civilian Military Workforce

    Maintaining a Demographically Diverse Air Force Civilian Workforce

    Oct 29, 2020

    Minority groups, particularly women, tend to enter the Air Force civil service at lower grades than white men. That is one of the findings from a RAND report that documents the results of a study designed to better understand the challenges of Air Force civilian women, racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

  • Military Strategy

    What Role Should Allies and Partners Play in U.S. Military Strategy and Operations?

    Oct 21, 2020

    How has the relationship between the United States and Europe advanced U.S. and global security over the past 70 years? RAND's Christine Wormuth explains why NATO is still relevant today and why this relationship is critical to U.S. security now and in the future.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with officials and public representatives of the region of Dagestan amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia May 18, 2020, photo by Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters
    Russia

    How Russia Targets U.S. Elections

    Oct 16, 2020

    Throughout the remaining U.S. political campaign season of 2020, Russia might try again to manipulate and divide U.S. voters through social media. What are some ways to analyze, forecast, and mitigate threats by foreign actors targeting local, state, and national elections?

  • Vial of insulin with a syringe, photo by Bernard Chantal/Getty Images
    Health Care Costs

    U.S. Pays 8x What Other Countries Would for Insulin

    Oct 14, 2020

    A new RAND study shows insulin prices are more than eight times higher in the United States than in other high-income Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

  • A throng of shoppers in Myungdong, downtown Seoul, South Korea, July 17, 2011, photo by United Nations/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
    North Korea

    The North Korean Conventional Artillery Threat

    Sep 29, 2020

    North Korea maintains nearly 6,000 artillery systems within range of major South Korean population centers, which it could use to kill many thousands in just an hour. RAND researchers assessed the magnitude of this threat across five scenarios.

  • Exterior of a hospital building reflecting the sky off its glass, photo by Arkadiusz Wargula/Getty Images
    Measuring Health Care Costs

    U.S. Hospital Price Evaluation

    Sep 18, 2020

    A new RAND study shows that prices paid for hospital care nationally during 2018 by privately insured patients average 247% of what Medicare would have paid, with wide variation in prices among states.

  • Extended hand showing a representation of link between points, photo by vegefox.com/AdobeStock
    Opioids

    RAND Resources on the Opioid Crisis

    Sep 9, 2020

    Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. is still grappling with the opioid epidemic. According to 2019 provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. had its deadliest year on record for overdose deaths, surpassing the 2017 peak.

  • Supporters of the Houthi movement attend a rally to mark the 4th anniversary of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen's war, in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26, 2019, photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
    Iran

    Could the Houthis Be the Next Hizballah?

    Aug 27, 2020

    Iran has dramatically increased its investment in the Houthi movement, raising speculation that the Houthis will evolve into another regional proxy that serves to promote Iranian interests.

  • Counterterrorism police stand guard at the annual Gay Pride Parade in Greenwich Village, June 25, 2017, photo by PeskyMonkey/Getty Images
    Homeland Security

    Homeland Security: COVID-19 Response, Terrorist Organizational Structure, Coast Guard Airpower, and more

    Aug 20, 2020

    RAND experts have testified and answered questions for staff on a variety of homeland security topics, including federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism prevention, and transportation security issues.

  • Man talking with his doctor online, photo by fizkes/Getty Images
    Telemedicine

    What We Really Need to Make Telehealth Stick

    Aug 20, 2020

    In response to COVID-19, Congress temporarily expanded telehealth services to help make sure that people still have access to care during this public health crisis. With many of the temporary telehealth flexibilities set to expire, policymakers are looking at ways to make these changes permanent.